Latest Athletics News (Week 1 April 2018)

IAAF accused of cowardice by Edwards

Mike Edwards, a high jumper who used to represent Britain criticized the rules of IAAF, calling the Athletics governing body cowards on Sunday. IAAF guidelines prevent him from representing his native Nigeria at this year’s Commonwealth Games.While the 27-year old was born in Manchester, he has a Nigerian citizenship, owing to the fact that his mother is Nigerian. Edwards arrived in Queensland with the Nigerian contingent but was dealt a blow when he learned that he is ineligible to represent Nigeria having already represented Great Britain at the Junior Championships of 2009.

A visibly distraught Edwards said that the punishment felt worse than what dopers usually get. He went all out when he said that he felt it was extremely unfair, calling IAAF President Seb Coe a coward in the process.The activity of athletes switching countries was stopped in early 2017 whichthe IAAF said was done to check the exploitation of young Athletes from Africa.


Kirui eyes London Marathon title

Abel Kirui, an athlete who won silver in London Olympics 2012 hopes that he will finally be able to clinch his much-awaited London Marathon Title on April 22. While the 35-year old finished fifth back in 2010, he failed to complete the race in 2011 owing to an injury. Last year, he came agonizingly close to clinching the title, only to be outrun by Kenyan BedanKaroki just before the end. This will be his 25th Marathon.Kirui looked determined as he said that no matter how many times he fails or gets injured, he will come back stronger and not give up until he finally succeeds. He added that he will never get lured in using performance improvement drugs to get to his goal.

Kirui, who is a two time world marathon champion (2009 and 2011 ) believes that he is the same bracket with greats such as Olympic Champions Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge. All three are going to hustle it out for the top spot in London Marathon, the prospect of which event director H. Brasher considered mouth-watering.




Leon Reid prepared to make his mark on Gold Coast

23-year old Northern Ireland sprinter, Leon Reid looked upbeat right before the beginning of The Commonwealth Games as he encouraged the Northern Ireland contingent to step up their game and shine on The Gold Coast on Australia. Reid, who will take part in the 200m race believes The Commonwealth Games, which begins on Wednesday is a big platform for athletes to make a name for themselves. Reid is a part of thirteen track and field athletes from Northern Ireland appearing in the Games Down Under. Hammer aspirant Dempsey McGuigan probably is Northern Ireland’s best bet.

Reid told reporters that he believed that overseas competitors had an edge because it is their season, in stark contrast to their own season which is just beginning. He added, however that they have to take this opportunity and shine, leaving a mark forever.